(Closed) Toxic Apartment – Long Vent!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Good luck!  I’ve never been in this situation before, but take pictures of everything.  In case the owners fight you on this, you need proof the place wasn’t in liveable condition.  And if you have the time maybe take a trip to your doctor so you have some medical evidence you’ve gotten sick since being there.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mold is serious and requires professional remdiation. I would see if you can amicably break your lease and find somewhere new to live. If your landlord gives you a hard time, still find somewhere new to live immediately and move out, and let him take you to Court. It sounds like you are living in in-humane conditions which no one should have to live in. Courts are tenant friendly not landlord friendly, and if you properly document the conditions (take pictures, use a video camera) no Judge will force you to owe any money or pay anything. Personally, I would get out asap.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t know about the laws where you live, but in Maryland, the landlord HAS to maintain a safe rental property. Just like if the locks on the outside locks were broken, they would have to fix that too. Mold is extremely dangerous, I agree with the pps that you need to get out. Your land lord is probably in violation of the lease agreement because he is not maintaining the property. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check your local city’s renter’s rights. Where I live, those offenses are fineable and are able to get you out of your lease. Call a city inspector – there’s no excuse! I’ve done this twice (old apartments with major problems are a fact of life in Boston, unfortunately), and have had the issues resolved each time!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Isn’t mold a health issue and therefore something that the landlord is legally required to address? I hope she works with you; if not, and I were you, the next step would be consulting a lawyer about the options and breaking the lease. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

please be very careful and get out of there as soon as you can. my neighbor just died yesterday from a lung disease that was likely caused by mold. :[

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you move because of the mold, and it is documented, your land lord needs to refund you for April if you will not be living there.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Oh my goodness… I can’t even imagine!  I agree with the PP’s that you need to get out, document everything, and maybe consider getting a HEPA filter mask to wear when in the apartment.  You can find them at a Lowes/Home Depot/Walmart and would probably help keep you from feeling sick.  Filter your water too, if at all possible, or buy bottled for the time being.  Often with old apartments it’s not just the air, but the piping can also be corroded.

Good luck!!  I hope you can find a new place soon!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Depending on where you live, it may be illegal for her to NOT clean it up. My BFF had a mold problem during college and at first the landlord wasn’t doing enough about it so she reported her to the housing commission(?). That agency enforced her rights and forced the landlord to clean it up. I’m not exactly sure which agency it was (college was a long time ago) but you should look into it. If I remember correctly, they really handled it and my friend got her place mold-free soon after.

It’s a health violation.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

call your local housing authority and get an inspection asap. once they show that it’s a toxic apartment, your landlord will have to give you a refund.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had this problem too and it’s actually required by law in NYC for anyone leasing an apartment to get rid of any mold. So my management company actually came in and had to bleach it out. I don’t know if they got rid of it 100%, but it doesn’t smell anymore and I can’t see it and Darling Husband and I haven’t gotten sick. I think it’s deep in the walls so in the humid weather it will still come back, but we’re out of there in like a months so I don’t care anymore.

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